and diplomatic representatives from the asian pacific countries joining us here tonight. you saw many. counsel -- many of the consul generals up here. their representatives, please stand and be acknowledged. [applause] thank you all for being here. and in addition to the presenting champion and partner sponsors, there are so many other sponsors who have generously supported tonight's event. and as a result, the celebration committee has been very successful in its campaign to raise public awareness about asian pacific american heritage month which includes ads on muni buses, posters and wish sites. so let's being a nonl the additional following -- acknowledge the additional following sponsors. at the heritage patron level we have comcast, lenar urban, ecology s.f., southwest airlines. at the heritage friend level, coalition of asian-american government employees, japan town merchant associations of san francisco, ktsf television, sugar bowl bakery, and union bank. and media partners, abc-7, a.m. 1400, asian week.com, comcast, and choir.net, ktsf tv, s.f. gov tv, the examiner and world channel.